A beast of a vehicle with six-wheel drive called the Arctic Toyota Hilux has helped Parker Liautaud set a new speed record for skiing from the Antarctic coast to the South Pole.
When looking at the images posted below two things definitely pop up in your minds, the impressive Mercedes-Benz G63 AMG 6×6 and Top Gear’s race to the magnetic North Pole. Well, one of them has a lot of things in common with this Toyota Hilux 6×6, because it was built by Arctic Trucks of Iceland, which have been creating vehicles for extreme cold weather conditions since 1990 and they have also made the Hilux used by Top Gear.
This Willis Resilience Expedition has set out to collect environmental and meteorological information from Antarctica and it has been sponsored by a company called Willis, which is an insurance broker and a global risk adviser in search of some publicity. With their money, and the impressive Arctic Toyota Hilux 6×6, 19-year old Parker Liautaud has set a speed record for skiing from the Antarctic to the coast of the South Pole. He was joined by Eyjofur Mar Teitsson as driver and mechanic of the truck. The trip was completed in 18 days, 4 hours and 43 minutes, smashing the previous record of 24 days, 1 hour and 13 minutes.